The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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In "The Tell-Tale Heart," what is the most effective writing strategy Poe uses to develop the central idea of madness?

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One could argue that Poe's use of syntax and diction in his short story most effectively develop the central theme of madness throughout "The Tell-Tale Heart ." Syntax refers to the way words and sentences are placed together, while diction refers to an author's choice of words. In the short story, Poe's syntax is choppy, staccato, and irregular. Since the narrator is mentally deranged and neurotic, the short, broken...

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